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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Among the hundreds of shows in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival lineup this week is one called, "Suffragettes Unite!"

The performer is jazz singer Ann Mitchell. She doesn't sing in this show, but speaks the words delivered by suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women, including Sarah C. Owen.

"She was just another woman, like you or myself, that was at the convention,” Mitchell said. “She was part of the movement."

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The newest in the fleet of tugboats on the Erie Canal was christened Friday in honor of women’s suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

In the 19th century, the canal was like the interstate highway of the day. It was frequently the path traveled between Seneca Falls and Rochester as Cady Stanton and her fellow suffragists coordinated their campaign for women’s rights.

At Friday morning's dedication at Corn Hill Landing in Rochester, Cady Stanton's great-great-granddaughter, Coline Jenkins, said tugboats are a metaphor for the life's work of her historic ancestor.

SENECA FALLS (AP) The Women's Rights National Historical Park is throwing a party to celebrate the bicentennial of the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The women's rights pioneer and abolitionist was born 200 years ago this past Thursday in Johnstown in New York's Mohawk Valley. She was an early leader of America's suffragist movement, working closely with another New Yorker, Susan B. Anthony.

Stanton and her husband settled in Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes region, where she helped organize the first women's rights convention in 1848.